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Lasagna Gardening: A New Layering System for Bountiful Gardens: No Digging, No Tilling, No Weeding, No Kidding!

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A gardening system that works-- so you don't have to!

Turn in your tiller for a stack of old newspapers! Replace your shovel with a layer of grass clippings! Let Pat Lanza show you how you can create lush, successful, easy-care gardens in practically any location without hours of backbreaking digging or noisy tilling.

* Practical, first-person advice from an experienced
Hardcover, 244 pages
Published August 20th 1999 by Rodale Books (first published 1998)
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Feb 26, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
I LOVE gardening. It is one of my favorite things to do. So with that being said, I liked this book. I just didn't think it was revolutionary. I think that whether you are a newbie at gardening or have been doing it for decades, the idea this book drives home is that you absolutely MUST replenish the soil if you want a decent crop. And this needs to be done every year. Find the system that works for you, but do find a system.
Jul 29, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Okay, first you must know that I'm not a gardener. I heard about lasagna gardening, aka permaculture, aka sheet composting when I was looking into ways to save money. My husband always tilled a garden then he was the one to tend it because I don't like being eaten by bugs or itching from prickly plants. I decided I was going to give this a try.

Now I have no idea what to do with all the veggies!!! I planted 3 squash plants and have pulled over 300 squash from them. I have never canned, but did
Bonnie Burton
Sep 10, 2009 rated it really liked it
I am forever grateful to Patricia Lanza for cutting my gardening time in half. By using her layering technique for all my container veggies, flowers, fruits and herbs...

I spend less time worrying about my plants and more time enjoying them. Basically, her method is simple: first a layer of wet newspaper, a layer of peat moss, then organic potting soil, then compost, then peat moss, then soil, then compost and so on. Then you pull layers aside and place in your plants. Cover with compost and
May 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: gardening
I have a lot of gardening books, particularly organic method ones. What I learned from this particular book, which made life easier in a lot of ways on the gardening front, was that you can compost directly where you plant, without keeping a separate compost bin and without the need of turning the pile (this is known as sheet composting in other gardening books). I built several raised beds during the '90's this way. I was delighted to learn that you don't have to wait for the materials to break ...more
Lots of good ideas, well presented, based on permaculture classics.
Cheryl Gatling
Lasagna gardening is the cutesy name for converting land to garden by heaping up layers of organic matter that will then rot down into a rich, soft, fertile soil, rather than digging down into the existing soil. This method can convert lawn into garden without the back-breaking labor of removing the sod, and can even convert hard-packed abused land into garden. I have been doing variations on this theme for some years, and it is absolutely correct. Ms Lanza's claims are not overblown.

The idea of
Apr 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I found Patricia Lanza’s “Lasagna Gardening” to be highly inspirational. This is a gardening method that anyone can try. It is basically sheet composting inside of a garden bed, but instead of waiting for the compost to be fully processed, you can plant inside a lasagna garden as soon as it is built.

One of the keys to lasagna gardening is using the organic materials that you have on hand. I have a lot of oak leaves, grass clippings and garden waste on hand, so that is what I will be using to
Dec 30, 2013 rated it liked it
This book had a lot of good information in it. I kind of got distracted by the number of times that the phrase "Lasagna garden" was used. I liked that the author did her best to make gardening something everyone can do. I also liked the fact that she listed different flowers, herbs, and vegetables for her different types of gardens.
I'm not sure if I will do lasagna gardening as I compost regularly and my only gardening area is on a slope, so almost every garden area is in a raised bed or
Oct 30, 2008 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: gardeners
Shelves: instructional
I am intrigued by the concept, especially the constant mulching, which is a new idea for me. I grew most of my vegetables in compost last year, which resulted in beautiful plants... and lots of weeds. The lasagna garden takes the compost idea one step further with weed suppression through close gardening and mulching. One of the other reviewers recommended this technique combined with Square Foot Gardening, and I agree. I think a primer on companion gardening and crop rotation would fill out a ...more
Charissa Wilkinson
May 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: educational
Overview: Do you have to own or borrow a tiller to have a nice garden? Can you garden in a small place, or do you need a more than a moderately sized yard? According to Mrs. Lanza, nope on the tiller, and just having any unused space will work for the first time gardener.

Dislikes: This spot might be filled later. It has to be tested first.

Likes: The idea sounds like it might work. I don’t know about the weeds, but again this is something that has to be tried out first.

Conclusion: This might
David Ward
Apr 06, 2011 rated it really liked it
Lasagna Gardening: A New Layering System for Bountiful Gardens: No Digging, No Tilling, No Weeding, No Kidding! by Patricia Lanza (Rodale Press 1998) (635.0484) is the original writing on no-till gardening / composting in place. My rating: 7/10, finished 4/6/11. May/27/18 – Upped the rating to 4 stars and 7.5 because this works perfectly. HHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH
Oct 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
The author writes about her idea for a layered garden to both benefit the dirt and yet have little to no effort on preparing the dirt for gardening. The method involves layering materials right over dirt, weeds or sod: a thick layer of newspaper, then a layer of peat moss, then a layer of barn litter (sawdust & probably animal droppings), then another layer of peat moss, then a layer of compost, then another layer of peat moss, then a layer of grass clippings, then another layer of peat ...more
Apr 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
Picture on of those featured "Six Cheese Lasagna's " at your local Italian restaurant. Copy that style into your garden. That is the simple formula in this book. In a sense, it is revolutionary, on the other hand, it is common sense. You may have been practicing some of these steps a;ready in your own garden. So why fill a 230 page book with this strategy? "It is the system stupid", you must cross into this mental paradigm that this is the way that you run your garden now. It takes a bit of ...more
Katarina Ross
Feb 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: gardening
I sought out this book because it was one of many recommendations at the end of 'Gaia's Garden'. It is even easier to read than the former, focusing specifically on sheet composting. Since Patricia has gardened in many locales throughout the US she also provides insight into which plant varieties she likes for reasons, including taste, hardiness, growability in various climes.

Her experience makes the reading insightful without being weighted by jargon. She's a normal woman who loves to garden,
Marcia DeHaan
Feb 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
I really liked the author' s emphasis on doing less work and getting better results through organic layering. I do not take joy in digging and tilling, and the promise of reduced time and energy spent on watering and weeding are all appealing to me. I also appreciated the author's notes on various fruits, vegetables, perennials, and annuals. I am not sure how I will add multiple layers to an existing garden without digging, but I am eager to try it! At first I wished the book included color ...more
Andrew Welleford
Jan 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Come for the good explanation of a simple method of preparing garden beds (4-stars). You basically build a compost pile over the ground want to plant in next year.

Stay for the wisdom about vegetables, fruit, and especially flowers for a home gardener (5-stars). There are many practical combinations of flowers listed, for purposes such as low-maintenance perennials, continuous blooms over a season, or even all-white flowers. I was surprised when I came back to this book not as a reference to
Karen GoatKeeper
May 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: nonfiction, read2019
What does a gardener appreciate? No weeding, No tilling. Rich soil. Great yields. Beautiful plants and flowers.
This book outlines a method that does much of this. No method is without work, but this one minimizes it.
Some things in the book show it was written some years back and need adjustment. The method does still work.
This book is easy reading. The parts about different types of plants and gardens can be skimmed as a gardener may not plant these kinds. It's a great read for anyone who loves
Dan Shonka
Jan 26, 2020 rated it really liked it
Patricia Lanza will give you great advice to creating a healthy, productive garden space. I live in South Carolina where the soil is naturally hard red clay sprinkled with rocks. Following her instructions in Lasagna Gardening has helped me get the soil in my garden to produce something besides more rocks. Her methods will also help you cut back on watering. I highly recommend this book for novice gardeners, and gardeners who are tired of putting in tons of time for little in return.
Jun 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
People often ask me for recommendations about how to start gardening and this book is the one I point them too. Her method is nearly foolproof and I have used to for well over a decade now with bountiful crops to show for it.
Jan 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: gardeners
Very good guide to raised bed gardening.
Jun 21, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: non-fiction, garden
Organic gardening in layers with newspapers. I tried it under the spruce tree.
Ruth Gates
Sep 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Easy to follow instructions. Lots of good information.
It is encouraging to a beginner to an expert gardener.
Didi Delighted
Jan 05, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I'd say that out of all of the urban gardening/ permaculture/ gardening books I have read this is probably the book that I feel is the absolute best for beginners. This book is a great pick if you are new to gardening. The author writes simply and covers all the basics, and her writing style is light and easy to comprehend. There is nothing overwhelming in this book for newbies! "Lasagna gardening" is not a new concept. It is sheet mulching/ composting, and does not have to be precise or exact. ...more
Julie Connor
Jul 31, 2014 rated it really liked it
I grew up in North St. Louis. The homes and yards in my neighborhood were very small. I did not know anyone who had a garden nor did I have any idea how to grow one. A friend with a green thumb introduced me to Lasagna Gardening: A New Layering System for Bountiful Gardens. Patricia Lanza thoroughly explains how to build layers in the garden with newspaper, mulch, leaves, etc., in ways that almost completely eliminates weeds (and weeding!). She also describes how to take care of herbs, ...more
Mar 30, 2009 rated it really liked it
This was such a great book for a beginer such as myself, I loved the way the instructions were so easy and even though I'm not a gardener I understood everything. I like the way it makes gardening easy for someone who does not want to use commercial fertilizers or poison for weeds and such. We have had a very hard time growing things in the Georgia clay and this book helps by giving us ideas to utilize the space better and to make the quality of our soil more conducive to plants. I also love the ...more
Feb 13, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: gardening
I learned some great concepts from this book yeaaaars ago, and I still hear people getting excited about the topic for the first time. I was just at a gardening symposium this winter where someone was describing the method, and talking about how hard it is to get this book right now because there's a new push to educate people about lasagna gardening.

I just used this technique again this past fall, in creating new raised beds that I plan to use this spring. Right now the beds are frozen solid
Rose Ann
Feb 07, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: gardening
Nov 18, 2013 -- Well, I finally laid out a long garden bed this autumn, using the method described in this book. About 4-5 weeks ago, I laid out thick pads of wet newspapers along my south fence line. I topped that layer with one of peat moss, then grass clippings, a layer of home-made compost, then more grass clippings. 10 days later I added another layer of compost, another layer of peat moss, another layer of grass clippings and a layer of shredded leaves. Just 2 days ago I added more ...more
Mar 16, 2012 rated it liked it
Wish I had this book two years ago. Heck six years ago. Sheet composting isn't new to anyone who's a pro at gardening, but it is to me. Had I read this when I lived in my house in Roselle, IL, I probably wouldn't have been so intimidated in created vegetable beds without tilling. Getting the materials would have been a little daunting, but what I like about the method is using what you have on hand. I also like the casual manner the book is written, giving good tips on what plants will work ...more
Feb 28, 2012 rated it liked it
I read this several years ago and dismissed it. But I grabbed it again this year and liked it much better! See, I am getting wiser as I get older.

I think this is an interesting idea and one I'd love to try, but I'm not in a place to get it going this spring. It's a project I'll be working on in the fall so that by next spring I have some space ready.

The author explains things fairly well, but I did think there were places that could have been more clear or needed further explanation. She shared
Jun 20, 2008 rated it really liked it
I still think I like the square foot gardening book by Mel Bartholomew better for descriptions of how to actually make a raised garden bed. But I certainly liked this book better for descriptions of veggies, fruits, herbs, and flowers and how to plant them, when to grow them, how to maintain them, etc. For example, who knew that you're supposed to pinch back oregano or blanch cauliflower? Not me! But now I do, and I feel just so much smarter because of it. If I can find this book at a garage ...more
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